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Broncos Win Five Straight, Sweep Friday Twinbill

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 02/15/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team extended its win streak to five matches, as the Broncos swept both ends of a doubleheader with a 7-0 win over Valparaiso and a 5-2 win over Youngstown State on Friday.  With the wins, the Broncos improve to 8-3 overall on the season.

The Broncos dominated singles play through the two matches, winning all six in the victory over the Crusaders and taking five of six in the win against the Penguins.  Five Broncos went 2-0 in singles play, and three players - Nadin Indre, Ruben Greiner, and Ross VanderPloeg - posted 3-1 records on the day.  The team's five-match win streak is the longest since they won six straight during the 2012 season.

The Broncos opened the day with a win over the Crusaders, taking two of three doubles matches and sweeping the singles sessions.  Indre and Greiner dropped Valparaiso's Lucas Waak and Eric Honert 8-4 in the No. 1 doubles match, but the Crusaders responded by winning the No. 2 doubles match 8-6.  VanderPloeg teamed with Jim Beckwith to clinch the doubles point, beating Michael Savaglio and Michael Baiocchi 8-6 in the No. 3 doubles match.

The momentum of the doubles point carried into the singles session, as the Broncos blew through the Crusaders' line-up in relatively quick fashion.  VanderPloeg was the first Bronco off the court, downing Chris Baum 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 2 doubles match.  Indre cruised past Eric Honert 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 1 singles match to make it 3-0, and Pablo Mora similarly dominated Brian Hickey in the No. 6 singles match to clinch the Broncos' victory.  Greiner defeated Savaglio 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 3 singles match, Andrew Cahn survived a tight second set with Waak to win 6-3, 7-5, and Aaron Wong rounded out the scoring with a third set super-tiebreaker win, beating Baiocchi 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (7).

The Broncos weren't able to replicate the doubles success they had against the Crusaders in the match against the Penguins, but the Broncos thoroughly controlled singles play to clinch the 5-2 win.  Wong teamed with Stephen Payne to beat Rodrigo Campos and Zeeshan Ismail 8-1 in the No. 2 doubles, but the Penguins took the Nos. 1 and 3 doubles matches to clinch the opening point.

Indre responded with his second singles win of the day, downing fellow Romanian Silviu Mistreanu 6-3, 6-2 in No. 1 singles to tie the team match.  Wong controlled the tempo against Campos in the No. 4 singles match, winning 6-1, 6-2, and Mora put the Broncos in position to clinch with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Victor Theorin in the No. 6 singles.  Greiner clinched the team win for the Broncos with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Ismail in the No. 3 singles, and VanderPloeg rounded out the Broncos' scoring with a win in No. 2 singles.

Western Michigan University 7, Valparaiso 0
Feb 15, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)


Singles competition
1. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Eric Honert (VALPO) 6-0, 6-2
2. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Chris Baum (VALPO) 6-1, 6-1
3. Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Michael Savaglio (VALPO) 6-2, 6-1
4. Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Michael Baiocchi (VALPO) 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7)
5. Andrew Cahn (WMU) def. Lucas Waak (VALPO) 6-3, 7-5
6. Pablo Mora (WMU) def. Brian Hickey (VALPO) 6-1, 6-0


Doubles competition
1. Nadin Indre/Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Lucas Waak/Eric Honert (VALPO) 8-4
2. Chris Baum/Daniel Oakes (VALPO) def. Aaron Wong/Andrew Cahn (WMU) 8-6
3. Ross VanderPloeg/Jim Beckwith (WMU) def. Michael Savaglio/Michael Baiocchi (VALPO) 8-6

Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,1,6,3,5,4)

Western Michigan University 5, Youngstown State 2
Feb 15, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)


Singles competition
1. Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Silviu Mistreanu (YSU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Sebastian Hagn (YSU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Zeeshan Ismail (YSU) 6-2, 6-0
4. Aaron Wong (WMU) def. Rodrigo Campos (YSU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Felipe Rosa (YSU) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8)
6. Pablo Mora (WMU) def. Victor Theorin (YSU) 6-0, 6-3


Doubles competition
1. Sebastian Hagn/Dawoud Kabli (YSU) def. Nadin Indre/Ruben Greiner (WMU) 8-6
2. Aaron Wong/Stephen Payne (WMU) def. Rodrigo Campos/Zeeshan Ismail (YSU) 8-1
3. Silviu Mistreanu/Felipe Rosa (YSU) def. Ross VanderPloeg/Jim Beckwith (WMU) 8-5

Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,4,6,3,2,5)